Dine at one of San Francisco’s many Michelin-starred restaurants and discover why the city is truly a foodie destination.

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September 2, 2021
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The Guide to San Francisco’s Michelin-Starred Restaurants

San Francisco is such a hotbed of culinary talent that it can be a challenge figuring out where to enjoy the few meals you have here during your stay. Making that decision even tougher? Our wealth of Michelin-starred restaurants. Yes, San Francisco and the Bay Area have an enviable collection of one-, two-, and three-star honorees—more so than any other destination in the Americas. But don't feel overwhelmed. We've created this quick and easy guide to San Francisco's best so you can decide where to indulge.

Acquerello (1772 Sacramento St.) - 2 Stars

You'll find fine Italian dining at Nob Hill's Acquerello. A neighborhood institution for more than 30 years, Acquerello has been setting the standard for excellence for years. Their first Michelin honor came in 2007. Open for dine-in service and curbside/takeout.

Al's Place (1499 Valencia St.) - 1 Star

This cool and casual Mission spot inverts expectations by confining meats to side dishes only. You won't be disappointed by their largely vegetarian fare, particularly when it comes to the pickle brined french fries served with smoked applesauce. Open for dine-in service and curbside/takeout.

Angler (132 Embarcadero) - 1 Star

Facing out on to the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island, Angler's views are topped only by its Michelin-starred seafood. Their raw bar serves up the freshest variety of oysters, and their regular bar has an incredibly deep roster of wines, beers, and cocktails. Open for dine-in service and curbside/takeout.

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Atelier Crenn (3127 Fillmore St.) - 3 Stars

Iron Chef winner Dominique Crenn has created a personal atelier (workshop) where exquisite, local ingredients merge with European techniques to create "poetic culinaria." In 2019, Atelier Crenn earned its third Michelin star, putting the restaurant and Chef Crenn herself in truly elite company. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

Bar Crenn (3131 Fillmore St.) - 1 Star

Another establishment helmed by Chef Dominique Crenn, this neighboring spot is more wine bar than restaurant. However, its tasting menu and a la carte selections include some enviable vegetable and seafood dishes. Temporarily closed.

Benu (22 Hawthorne St.) - 3 Stars

Chef Corey Lee's masterpieces at Benu are inspired by blending traditional and authentic flavors with new and delicious opportunities that come from being open-minded. Another three-star honoree, Benu's tasting menu must be experienced to be believed. Open for dine-in service.

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Birdsong (1085 Mission St.) - 1 Star

The 12-course tasting menu at Birdsong is always changing, featuring the finest bounty of the season. The chef's table at Birdsong is counter seating that lets you watch the action in the kitchen for the duration of your meal. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

Californios (3115 22nd St.) - 2 Stars

For the most elevated and elegant Mexican cuisine, make a reservation at Chef Val M. Cantu's Mission restaurant, Californios. The dessert selection is always changing, but you can never go wrong ordering whatever's on the menu. Open for dine-in service.

Campton Place (340 Stockton St.) - 2 Stars

At Campton Place, California cuisine meets bold Indian flavors under the talented watch of Chef Srijith Gopinathan. A regular Michelin honoree for the past 10 years, Campton Place is as delicious as it is reliable. Temporarily closed

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COI (373 Broadway) - 2 Stars

With a tasting menu that leans heavily on seafood, COI is appropriately named (if not quite spelled the same way). An extensive and ever-evolving wine collection means your dishes will always be perfectly paired. Open for dine-in service.

Gary Danko (800 North Point St.) - 1 Star

With an accessible tasting menu and flexible main menu that lets you build your own culinary adventure, it's clear why Gary Danko has been a Fisherman's Wharf staple for decades. Temporarily closed.

Ju-Ni (1335 Fulton St.) - 1 Star

You'll feel like royalty at Ju-Ni, where there is a chef at work for every four guests. You'll get to see each sushi dish made before your eyes and learn how and why they come together in such an incredible way. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

KEIKO à Nob Hill (1250 Jones St.) - 1 Star

Nestled in Nob Hill, this Japanese restaurant features French influences in its menu and its ambiance. KEIKO has been a regular Michelin honoree for a decade now. Temporarily closed.

Kin Khao (55 Cyril Magnin St.) - 1 Star

Located in the Parc 55 Hotel, just steps from the hustle and bustle of Powell and Market streets, Kin Khao is a terrific Thai restaurant. Their chicken wings are big and spicy and can't be passed up. Temporarily closed.

Lazy Bear (3416 19th St.) - 2 Stars

A communal dining experience has never felt quite as good as it does now. Gather round the table at Michelin-starred Lazy Bear to learn alongside your dinner mates how Chef David Barzelay and his talented team create the succulent dishes you're soon to enjoy. Open for dine-in service and curbside/takeout.

Lord Stanley ( 2065 Polk St.) - 1 Star

The married chefs of Lord Stanley, Carrie and Rupert Blease, have created a Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco's classic Russian Hill neighborhood that blends British and Californian dining. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

Luce (888 Howard St) - 1 Star

At Luce, located inside the sleek InterContinental Mark Hopkins, you can discover innovative modern American cuisine that perfectly blends local flavors, global inspiration, and is enhanced by a wine list of distinction. Temporarily closed.

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Michael Mina (252 California St.) - 1 Star

This is the namesake, flagship restaurant for prolific restauranteur Michael Mina. Despite having so many properties in his portfolio, the quality never wavers. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

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Mister Jiu's (28 Waverly Pl.) - 1 Star

A relative newcomer, Mister Jiu's stormed out of the gate, earning its first Michelin star the very first year it opened. The cuisine at this buzzy Chinatown restaurant continues to impress. Open for dine-in service and curbside/takeout.

Mourad (140 New Montgomery St.) - 1 Star

Chef Mourad Lahlou has crafted a reliably delicious menu of Moroccan dishes in his SoMa restaurant. Open for dine-in service.

RESERVE A TABLE AT MOURAD

Octavia (1701 Octavia St.) - 1 Star

A warm open space with big windows facing out onto the street, Octavia is located where Pacific Heights meets Japantown. It's menu is chock full of so many dishes you'll want to sample, it's best to bring a friend or two. Temporarily closed.

Omakase (665 Townsend St.) - 1 Star

Another exclusive but oh-so-worth-it sushi spot, Omakase seats just 13 people. But what a lucky 13 they must be! Test your mettle with their premium sake pairing on your next visit. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

The Progress (1525 Fillmore St.) - 1 Star

Created by chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, The Progress offers brunch and dinner menus. The brunch menu offers everything from steamed egg tofu to smoke bacon bratwurst. Temporarily closed. Returning August 2021.

RESERVE A TABLE AT THE PROGRESS

Quince (470 Pacific Ave.) - 3 Stars

With ingredients delivered each day from farms in the East Bay and wine country, the food at Quince is unquestionably fresh. Another three-star winner, Quince is a decadent downtown destination. Temporarily closed. 

RESERVE A TABLE AT QUINCE

Rich Table (199 Gough St.) - 1 Star

Married co-chefs and the proprietors of Michelin-starred Rich Table, Evan and Sarah Rich, bring their simply delicious cuisine to the table in San Francisco's charming Hayes Valley. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

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Saison (178 Townsend St.) - 2 Stars

Relying almost exclusively on their wood-fired ovens, the talented cooks at Saison can create an infinite combination of dishes from the fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, and fish they receive from their suppliers. Open for dine-in service and curbside/takeout.

Sons & Daughters (708 Bush St.) - 1 Star

With a nine-course tasting menu heavily reliant on fresh produce, Sons & Daughters is a must for any vegetarian visitors to San Francisco. Open for dine-in service and curbside/takeout.

Sorrel (3228 Sacramento St.) - 1 Star

You might not think that the best thing on the menu at a Cal-Italian restaurant would be a roast duck, but then you haven't been to Sorrel yet. Among many outstanding selections, this entree earns regular raves. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

SPQR (1911 Fillmore St.) - 1 Star

This Italian restaurant along one of the busiest neighborhood corridors is a perennial favorite. Its handmade pastas and deep wine collection keep it competitive. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

Spruce (3640 Sacramento St.) - 1 Star

Spruce is a distinctive restaurant that reflects the charm of its surroundings. Chef Mark Sullivan’s California-inspired American cuisine showcases the freshest and finest ingredients, highlighting seasonal produce and naturally raised meats, poultry and fish. Open for dine-in service, curbside/takeout, and delivery. 

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State Bird Provisions (1529 Fillmore St.) - 1 Star

The first creation of chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions serves creative California cuisine that's delivered to your table via dim sum carts. Open for dine-in service.

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Sushi Hashiri (4 Mint Plaza) - 1 Star

Based in Japanese culinary tradition and supplied by the finest fish markets in Tokyo, Sushi Hashiri offers dishes inspired by the seasons. Open for dine-in service and curbside/takeout.

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Wako Japanese Restaurant (211 Clement St.) - 1 Star

This warm, woody restaurant in the Richmond strives to create meticulous, delicious sushi dishes that will have you coming back for more. Judging by their Michelin star, they've succeeded. Open for dine-in service and curbside/takeout.

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